A 'Python like' language

Mark Hahn mark at prothon.org
Mon Mar 29 12:05:00 CEST 2004


> I do not yet know in detail how Prothon deals with module
namespaces. These are important for larger scale programs,
so I hope they got that right.

I hope so too.  We basicly have "module globals" exactly like Python.  See
"Module Globals and Real Globals" at http://prothon.org/description-3.htm.
Please let me know if we got it wrong.

> One thing I'm missing on the website is support for basic
> structured datatypes like the list and the dictionary in Python.

This is identical to Python.  Dict is not fully implemented at this time.

Mark Hahn (Prothon Author)


"Ype Kingma" <ykingma at accessforall.nl> wrote in message
news:40655266$0$557$e4fe514c at news.xs4all.nl...
> Michele Simionato wrote:
>
> > David MacQuigg <dmq at gain.com> wrote in message
> > news:<o59960pt4nirvqjea79so494rtevc6mt8e at 4ax.com>...
> >> What I found most interesting about this language is that it *doesn't
> >> use classes* !!  All objects are derived directly from other objects,
> >> some of which are "prototypes", that is, objects which were designed
> >> to be just templates to produce other objects.
> >
> > Yes, this seemed interesting to me too. But when arrived at the sentence
> > "Prothon only allows tabs for indentation" I couldn't continue reading
;-)
>
> The implementation of indentation is a minor issue.
> Many editors have facilities to deal with them.
> The point is that Prothon uses indentation. I hope
> this will help in making it at least as easy to read
> and maintain as Python. Who knows, at some point Prothon
> might 'fall back' to spaces...
>
> I like the prototypes _very_ much. They leave out many of the
> implicit mechanisms in classes and they are relatively easy
> to explain.
>
> My first impression is that one can use prototypes like classes,
> but they allow more flexibility. I wonder what influence they
> will have on the classic class/object dichotomy in OO land.
>
> As for the 'with' statement: I remember getting introduced to it
> in Pascal, where it led to confusion an did not contribute to
> code readability because of that. Pascal allowed more than
> one variable to be used in the 'with' statement iirc.
>
> On the contrary, the examples in Prothon are quite readable:
> no confusion because there is only one implied variable, and
> there is syntax (the leading dot) to show where it is used.
>
> I do not yet know in detail how Prothon deals with module
> namespaces. These are important for larger scale programs,
> so I hope they got that right.
>
> One thing I'm missing on the website is support for basic
> structured datatypes like the list and the dictionary in Python.
> The syntax support that Python has for these greatly
> contributes to useability.
>
> Regards,
> Ype
>





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